Nadiya is a song about two lovers on opposite ends of the river. The song is almost like someone calling across the river. Based on a thumri, this track is about how the river has become the enemy as it is keeping the lovers apart.
Nitin’s original version didn’t have any bass but was electronica-heavy. For the Coke Studio @ MTV version, he has added the kasturi tilakam shloka in the beginning.
Lyrics of this song:
Composer & Producer: Nitin Sawhney
Language: Hindi & Sanskrit
Lyrics: Traditional (rearranged by Nitin Sawhney)
Vocals: Nickicola Wells & Ashwin Srinivasan
Tabla: Vikaash Sankadecha
Keys: Nitin Sawhney
Flute: Ashwin Srinivasan
Drums Jivraj Singh
Bass: Mohini Dey
Recorded by: Steve Fitzmaurice, Ashish Manchanda (Flying Carpet Productions, Mumbai), assisted by Thorsten Muller
Mixed by Steve Fitzmaurice at the Pierce Rooms, London
Mastered by Bunt Stafford Clark at the Pierce Rooms, London.